Cap and trade funded coastal wetland restoration-carbon sequestration projects: Examples from California and the northeastern United States

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Elizabeth Watson

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There are two active carbon markets in the United States – the California market and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cooperative program between ten northeastern states. Both cap and trade programs are providing funding for coupled coastal wetland restoration – carbon sequestration projects. In California eligible projects have included coastal wetland and mountain meadow restoration, while RGGI-supported projects vary across states. Using case studies from California and New Jersey, this presentation will discuss how funding from these programs is linked with restoration projects. This presentation will cover the stoichiometry between carbon sequestration and the emission of other greenhouse gases in coastal wetlands, identify synergies between restoration and carbon sequestration opportunities, and discuss how permanency issues are being addressed.

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Society for Ecological Restoration